Summer 2013 Anime To Look Forward To

By Nopy

The airing of the first summer 2013 anime is only a month away and that means that it’s time to look at some new series. Since people generally don’t start watching an anime part-way through, I will not be covering sequels in this post. Instead, the focus here will be on new series that have a lot of potential.

Kami-sama no Inai Nichiyoubi

What happens when God abandons the world one Sunday? People can no longer die or reproduce, but one deranged man by the name of Hampnie Hambart travels around killing others in this godless world. A young girl named Ai witnesses Hampnie kill everyone in her village and believing him to be her father, decides to follow him.

Kami-sama no Inai Nichiyoubi (The Sunday without God) is an adaptation of a light novel series by the same name written by Kimihito Irie. The novel won the 21st Fantasia Novel Award, which is a good indication of how good it is. The anime is being produced by Madhouse Studios and directed by Yuuji Kumazawa. Aki Toyosaki will be playing the role of Ai while Daisuke Namikawa will be playing the role of Hampnie. It’s no understatement to say that this is one of the most anticipated series of the summer.

Genei wo Kakeru Taiyou -Il sole penetra le illusioni-

One of two original works airing this season, Genei wo Kakeru Taiyou is being produced by AIC and directed by Keizou Kusakawa. That name will no doubt be familiar to fans of the Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha series as he directed A’s, StrikerS, and the movies. People might also be ecstatic to hear that Gennei wo Kakeru Taiyou will be a magical girl series so plenty of action of the scale of Nanoha may be expected. LiSA is slated to sing the opening theme song while a new singer by the name of Natsumi Okamoto will perform the ending. The series also has popular voice actresses Eri Kitamura, Mai Kadokawa, and Nao Touyama.

Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dou Kangaetemo Omaera ga Warui

You would think that a girl that has dated over 100 boys in the span of 50 years would be able to get any man she wants. Well, that might not be true if those 100 boys and 50 years were in dating sims. Tomoko Kuroki has spent so much of her time playing dating sims that she has just realized that in real life she is far less popular than she thought. Being a shut-in, having a gloomy look, being shy, and being bad at communication only compounds her problems. Watashi ga Motenai no wa dou Kangaetemo Omaera ga Warui (It’s Not My Fault that I’m Not Popular) is about Tomoko’s struggles to make not just friends, but a boyfriend as well.

The series is being produced by Square Enix and is an adaptation of the manga by Nico Tanigawa.

Fantasista Doll

The brainchild of Goro Taniguchi (Code Geass), Fantasista Doll is the other original series airing this season. It is about 5 girls that use special cards to call up cute dolls to fight. The series is being produced by Hoods Entertainment and director by Hisashi Saitou. Sounding like a cross between Angelic Layer and Rozen Maiden with a card aspect thrown in, Fantasista Doll may appeal to a number of viewers, especially with Goro Taniguchi leading the way.

Blood Lad

When Fuyumi accidently wanders into the demon realm, she is attacked and killed by a demon, turning her into a ghost. Staz the vampire is one of the most powerful district bosses in the demon realm, but he has a secret obsession with the human world, particularly with Japanese otaku culture. When he finds out about what happens to Fuyumi, he decides to help her regain her body and return to a normal life in order to go visit the human world himself.

Blood Lad is based on the manga by Yuuki Kodama. It will be produced by Brains Base and directed by Shigeyuki Miya. Of note to music fans, Yuuka from FictionJunction Yuuka and May’n will be performing the ending and opening themes repsectively.

Free!

Some of you may recall some hype online about a possible swimming anime from Kyoto Animation over the past year. The animation studio finally unveiled their newest anime project at the end of April, an adaptation of an unpublished novel by Koji Oji. The anime will be about five boys in the Iwatobi High School Swimming Club who compete to be the best swimmer. Unlike many of Kyoto Animation’s recent offerings, the series will be sports-centric, with the bonds between the club members being one of the highlights of the series. Free! will be directed by first-time lead director Hiroko Utsumi.

Kimi no Iru Machi

Based on the manga by Kouji Seo, Kimi ni Iru Machi (A Town Where You Live) begins when a girl named Yuzuki moves in with a boy named Haruto as he is about to start his last year of high school. As they are the same age, misunderstandings arise and threaten to ruin Haruto’s chances with Nanami, the girl that he has a crush on. The anime will be produced by Gonzo and directed by Shigeyasu Yamauchi.

Reactions to the manga were positive at first, but have since dropped due to the dragging on of the series. Depending on what Gonzo has planned for the anime, it may focus on the good parts or end up along the same path as the manga.

Inu to Hasami wa Tsukaiyou

Gonzo will be busy this season with a second anime called Inu to Hasami wa Tsukaiyou (Dog and Scissors). One day a boy named Kazuhito is shot by a robber in a café in the process of saving the life of his favourite novelist, Kirihime Natsuno. When Kazuhito wakes up, he discovers that he has died and been reincarnated as a dog. In a strange twist, Kirihime ends up taking him in, but he soon discovers that his favourite novelist has a crazy interest in scissors.

Inu to Hasami wa Tsukaiyou is a wacky comedy with some strange characters. The original light novel that the anime will be based on was written by Shunsuke Sarai and the anime will be directed by Yukio Takahashi.

Dangan Ronpa: The Animation

Nowadays it’s hard to have an anime season without at least one elimination game. Dangan Ronpa pits 15 elite high school students against each other by locking them in a school and forcing them to “graduate” in order to escape. In order to graduate, one must commit a murder without having the other students figuring out who the culprit is. If the other students can’t identify the murderer by vote, then the murderer graduates while the rest of the class is sentenced to death. If the other students correctly identify the murderer, they all graduate except for the murderer.

Dangan Ronpa is based on a PSP game by Spike Chunsoft that was released in 2010. The anime will be produced by Lerche and directed by Seiji Kishi.

Makai Ouji: Devils and Realist

When William returns to his family home in search of valuables to sell after the failure of his uncle’s business, he finds a hidden room with a magical seal. In the room, William inadvertently summons the devil Dantalion, who tells him that he must choose the next ruler of the demon world. This leads to all of the demons vying for the position to appear before William. The anime is an adaptation of the manga by Madoka Takadono. It will be produced by Dogakobo and directed by Chiaki Kon.

Choujigen Game Neptune: The Animation

Based loosely on the Hyperdimension Neptunia game, Choujigen Game Neptune (Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory) takes place in the world of Gamindustri where four Goddesses rule over the countries of Planeptune, Lastation, Lowee, and Leanbox. After many years of fighting, the four of them signed a treaty allowing them to have friendlier relations with one another. The animation production is being handled by David Production while Masahiro Mukai will be directing the series.

With this line-up of summer 2013 anime as well as many others, next season is going to be one to look forward to!

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Nopy is an engineer and a rabid fan of anime. He also enjoys collecting anime figures, reading manga, and viewing artwork from anime/manga artists. Nopy began blogging about anime in 2008 and joined the Forever Geek team in 2009. Besides anime and manga, he also enjoys the occasional video game and catching the latest internet memes.

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